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Ease of restrictions for Abaco and cays

Grocery stores across The Bahamas are permitted to open until 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the lockdown, according to latest emergency orders.

A previous order had mandated that grocery stores close by 5 p.m. on those days.

The Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic)(Lockdown)(Amendment)(No.2) Order, 2020, which was released on Friday, also relaxes lockdown restrictions on Abaco and its cays, where there are 28 cases of COVID-19.

Restaurants utilizing takeaway and curbside services on Abaco are allowed to open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

Grocery stores are allowed to open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Gas stations are allowed to open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. “for the purpose of refueling generators”.

Non-governmental organizations are allowed to operate “for the production and provision of water and food distribution”.

Reconstruction is also allowed to continue on the island.

Abaco was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, a deadly Category 5 storm, nearly one year ago. 

The storm also devastated Grand Bahama.

It displaced thousands of people and killed at least 74.

Dorian caused $3.4 billion in damage and losses.

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